In the mid-1940s Bud Powell emerged as the leading pianist of bebop, but the personal troubles that would dog him throughout his career were emerging as well.
Big Apple news: Night Lights will now be carried every Saturday by WBGO, which broadcasts to the New York City market.
A tribute to the late bassist, whose career encompassed the avant-garde, spirituals, noir movie themes, pastoral ballads, and straightahead jazz.
The career of a talented and perennially-unsung trumpeter.
We think of Charlie Parker as a small-group bebop saxophonist, but he came out of the swing era. What did he sound like in a big-band setting?
Pearson's ensemble was part of a late-1960s big-band renaissance in New York City.
"He writes the unexpected," Mel Lewis once said of his orchestral co-leader Thad Jones.
The notion of hip has been at the heart of American counterculture since the 1940s, and it’s often included jazz as part of its soundtrack.
Birdland was known as “the jazz corner of the world,” and from 1949 to 1965 it played host to some of the greatest names on the modern jazz scene.
More of the full-length Night Lights interview with historian Michael McGerr about extended jazz works that depict the history of black America.